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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Lady Rose Henare dies

Ngati Te Ara and Ngati Hine and Ngapuhi whanui are in mourning for Lady Rose Henare, who died yesterday in her 98th year.

She was from the Cherrington and Ashby whanau.

She married James Henare before the war, and the couple had several children.

Her nephew, Pita Paraone, says Lady Rose managed the family farm at Motatau while her husband was overseas with the Maori Battalion.

He says she was a leader in her own right through organisations like the Anglican church mother's union and her local marae.

“In spite of the leadership position she held in her own right, she was very supportive of her husband and all the work that he did and in fact certainly gives credence to the fact that behind every good man is a good woman,” Mr Paraone says.

He says it's a huge loss to the motu and to the north.

E Te Kahurangi, moe mai ra

SELECTION DELAY THROWING SEAT CHANCE AWAY

A disgruntled Maori Party candidate says the party could be throwing away its chances in Te Tai Tonga because of the way it's handling reselection for the seat.

Edward Ellison is upset the party is going back out to the market for another candidate after the death of Monte Ohia, rather than go back to those who contested the February selection.

He says the new process, which compresses the 10 selection hui into two days, is a drain on resources and boosts the chances of Labour incumbent Mahara Okeroa.

“We all said in the February process that whoever got the role would have to hit the road running then, so it makes it a challenge for whoever comes through this particular process and we don’t know because it is a bit variable, Not everyone is going to get a chance to meet the candidate because of the way the new process is proposed to run,” Mr Ellison says.

Maori Party president Whatarangi Winiata says the February selection hui weren't well enough attended to give the party confidence the two unsuccessful candidates could get the necessary support in the electorate.

UNIVERSITY RUGBY LEAGUE HOPING FOR WORLD CUP VICTORY

Eight Maori tertiary students have headed to Brisbane as part of a New Zealand University Rugby League team.

The Kiwis are hoping to retain the University World Cup title they won by downing Australia 17-8 three years ago.

Henry Heke, a post graduate degree commerce student at Victoria University, says there are six other teams to get past first... including some the Kiwis haven't met before including France and Ireland.

The Kiwi lineup includes Kereroa Savage from the Hawke's Bay, who played Reserve Grade for the Roosters NRL team.

LADY ROSE HENARE MOURNED

Leading Northern kuia Lady Rose Henare from Ngati te Ara, Ngati Hine and Ngapuhi has died.

She was 97.

Lady Rose was known as a leader in Te Taitokerau and throughout the north, not only in support of her husband, the late Sir James Henare, but in her own right.

Her nephew, New Zealand First MP Pita Paraone, says Lady Rose was always generous with her time and willing to share her knowledge of the culture, language and history of the north.

“It's a link to the past we were fortunate to enjoy when she was alive and now that has been broken and it’s a very sad thing not only for the family, not only for the sub tribe of Ngati te Ara but also of Ngati Hine and Ngapuhi whanui,” Pita Paraone says.

Lady Rose Henare is will probably lie in state at Otiria Marae being being buried beside Sir James at Motatau.

TAGGING IDEA FIRST PUT UP BY WARDENS

West Auckland Maori wardens are upset the Corrections Department has stolen one of its ideas.

Jack Taumaunu says a pilot to make offenders clean graffiti along railway tracks is uncannily similar to a proposal put to the department by Waitemata Maori Wardens four years ago.

He says the wardens have been frozen out, despite the unique skills they could bring to the project, which involves mostly Maori minor offenders.

Mr Taumaunu says it's good to see the intimidatory graffiti being removed.

SOUTHERN SELECTION PROCESS DEFENDED

The Maori Party is defending the way it is re-selecting a candidate for Te Tai Tonga nomination.

Edward Ellison, one of the two contenders for the role says the party needs to explain why it needs to hold a completely new selection process after the death of Monte Ohia.

But the party president, Whatarangi Winiata, says the 10 selection hui held in the southern Maori electorate during February were poorly attended, and he was surprised Mr Ellison was unable to muster more support from his Ngai Tahu people.

“We did think of going back to the people right there and then but decided that the people had chose Monte twice, 2005 and 2008. We would rely upon that,” Professor Winiata says.

Nominations for the position close next week, and the nominees won't be required to attend all the selection hui.

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